May Link Love: Pilgrimages, Princesses + Pantries

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.  What a month May was! In April, I kept saying, “May May May” with the idea that May would be when things would finally slow down, but, as per usual, I was quite wrong. Things just kept going. Especially in terms of future-planning, which, while important, also requires a delicate balance of being able to stay in the present as well. The good news was that I finally had the spaciousness of mind to read some fiction! I read a truly gorgeous book that made me cry sob in my bedroom on public transportation.  The book was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, and it was a great read for a month that involved a lot about planning for the future and taking life by the horns or reigns or whatever expression that is. On that note, here is what I read, including that which is relevant to the present, the future and, of course, some distractions to both. An old bearded yogi friend of mine is going on a pilgrimage and this is what he has to say on the subject. I had the privilege of attending the Seattle Girls School luncheon this month and hearing some of these amazing young women speak in the flesh.

There was quite the emotionally eventful moon cycle this month! Speaking of, Yoganonymous offers up some Mercury Retrograde basics. This truly gorgeous Sonima article on yoga as a healing practice for survivors of all sorts of trauma is a must-read. Privileged to have some friends featured in it. Also from Sonima, if you’re tired all the time (like I was the past few days), here are some simple energy boosters. Well & Good shares some healthy desserts we should all be eating tonight. They also share the morning ritual of the owner/founder of Satya Jewelry. Also via Well & Good, here is what you can learn from the cast of GIRLS about fitness and body image (!!!). HuffPo shares the most recent books women should read in 2015. Bitch Mag (and I wonder): Are you going to watch Game of Thrones after that episode?

My sis came to visit PDX last month and we did this NYT tour of Mississippi Ave. 

One of my favorite parts of my AmeriCorps service is helping to run a food pantry. This NYT article highlighted some serious ways that we can keep innovating as that service gets offered everywhere (I would like to constantly offer the reminder that healthy food is a right, not a privilege).

Breaking news (for me): I’m thinking of moving back to New York. I’ve been doing heaps of research regarding just how affordable this city that I’ve lived in my mother’s house in, actually is (if I were, you know, to be a real life grownup). Brick Underground shares the most affordable NYC neighborhoods for recent college grads. And the Broke and Beautiful Life shares how much one really needs to live in NYC.

This year, through coaching it, I became obsessed with Girls on the Run. I’m excited to one day be involved with their middle school program, Girls on Track.

I had the pleasure of eating cookies for breakfast…and not feeling guilty about it!

On a more fictional note, there’s (shocker) a new HBO miniseries coming up!

Want to daydream a list of the best coastal yoga retreats? Dream away!

First, the Power of Positivity says what we should all do before 10amThe Muse offers the best ways to start our days. my favorite – guess why:

Instead, my morning meditation is making a perfect cup of pour-over coffee. Not only does the coffee wake my body up, but the process of getting the grind right, heating the water to exactly 204 degrees, and brewing by hand wakes up the creative side of my brain. It’s nice to make something from scratch to start your day.

Welcome to Queen B’s 22-day vegan “revolution. Oh, and this is that kale sweatshirt of hers from the video where I was like, “Wait, does that say kale on it?!”

Here’s what the founders of Soul Cycle have to say to the Chalkboard, where they’re guest editors this month.

The NYT features the best and worst places to grow up in NY.

Finally, and this is the epitome of looking forward for me, I want to do the Wanderlust 108!!

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